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    Hi Thanks for the comments. So, for...

    Hi Thanks for the comments.

    So, for clarification, I am using a silver investment for casting (Stonecast). Its a Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) "plaster"...but its not really plaster. Should I be using a...
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    Can NOT get my silver molds hot enough

    Hello All,

    I'm playing with silver casting, and I CAN NOT get my silver to flow all the way through the mold. I don’t have access to a kiln, and won’t for a while…so I’ve been using torches for...
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    OK. Well in a twist of irony, as soon as I made...

    OK. Well in a twist of irony, as soon as I made that last post, my good solder showed up and - problem solved. Beautiful, clean lines and I can't pull it apart anymore :D

    Good to know. You CAN, in...
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    Hi, and thanks to all for the help. So, some pics...

    Hi, and thanks to all for the help. So, some pics and more information. (Sorry on the dropbox links. For some reason, Cooks is choking on the file size, even though they're all less than 300KB :"> )...
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    P.S. It's only 2% silver in the solder. Maybe...

    P.S. It's only 2% silver in the solder. Maybe that's why its so weak?
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    Silver solder strength

    I'm new to jewelry and I've been practicing my soldering by soldering flat copper wire strips (3mm x 0.76 mm, solid copper) to pennies. I've been using a small butane torch with silver solder. I do...
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    Mohs Scale for Pewter (Antimony)

    I'm wondering if anyone knows the Mohs Scale rating for Pewter alloyed with Antimony. I can find tin alone (1.5 - 2.5) but the whole point of adding the copper to pewter is the hardness :D
  8. I just wanted to give an update to everyone who...

    I just wanted to give an update to everyone who had suggestions.

    I've had a bit of SUCCESS! :)

    1. I got a new metal powder supplier. They sell WATER-ATOMIZED (important) bronze with ~9% tin in...
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    I've been using this......

    I've been using this...
    https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01619L4CQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. Awesome. Thanks. Is Tenacity no 5 a real thing or...

    Awesome. Thanks. Is Tenacity no 5 a real thing or encouragement not to give up? (I could use both I think :D)
  11. Very cool links! Thank you for that effort. I'll...

    Very cool links! Thank you for that effort. I'll be reading them tonight!
  12. I absolutely, positively...have no idea :) I...

    I absolutely, positively...have no idea :) I ordered it off of Amazon.de and thanks to my crappy German didn't realize what 'Kaltguss' meant. I've contacted the seller to find out the content.

    In...
  13. Thats awesome. Actually, that's where I got my...

    Thats awesome. Actually, that's where I got my recipe (Actually https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXfrOrz2cB8) :D

    He's using a kiln and I'm using a torch. I'm very curious why the PMC3 commercial...
  14. The torch can get up to about 800°C and, on the...

    The torch can get up to about 800°C and, on the second test coin, I think it was too hot. The torch at 7 mins is the firing method I use for the commercial metal clays.

    I am curious however, if...
  15. Melting Bronze in open air crucible versus silver...

    I'm using a handheld butane torch (welders) and crucible for melting metals (for molds) in open air. I have a curious question about melting bronze versus silver. ...
  16. Homemade Bronze clay FAILURE! Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

    Good Morning!

    I'm new to metal clay, and experimenting.

    I tied to make my own bronze clay, and it was a dismal failure. I'm hoping the people here can help me figure out why!

    Ingredients (I...
  17. Thanks for the link!

    Thanks for the link!
  18. Wow! Great responses! Thanks! So, follow up...

    Wow! Great responses! Thanks!

    So, follow up question. When I tried to use one of the thin fibers pulled from a bundle...it snapped almost instantly (first cutting stroke). I think this was...
  19. Jewelers saw blade (dumb question, really)

    So, this is a really, REALLY stupid question...but I'm a brand spankin NOOB... :)

    So, I ordered a jeweler's saw. I've never used one. It came with 6 blades of graded sizes.

    SOOO...I dont know...
  20. Thanks for the input! So, the Pewter I have is...

    Thanks for the input! So, the Pewter I have is made with Antimony versus lead. My understanding is it's pretty non-toxic.
  21. Respirator needed when Delft casting pewter?

    Sorry if this is a stupid question. I'm brand new to delft casting, and my online searches show no reference to using or needing a respirator mask when melting pewter in a crucible for small item...
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